December 2017
The Foster Change staff wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. Foster Change strives to bring you the connections necessary to bring the foster community together Included in this newsletter are events specific to Foster Change but we encourage you to also participate in events going on throughout the valley all month.
Through the Eyes of a Child Foundation and Foster Change cordially invite you to the 2017 Holiday Open House which will include a cookie decorating station, food, pictures games and prizes.

Foster Change would like to connect your children by having a Playdate In The Park . Connect with other foster parents or just come out and enjoy time with your children.

This event is open to new, future and existing members. We encourage you to bring guests that have an interest in joining Foster Change.

For more information please call Sandy Vargas at 702-970-4546 or please sign up by clicking on the link below

Need a Night Out? Free Respite!
On every first Friday of each month, Grace Point Church has free respite care for foster parents from 6pm to 9pm.

RSVP Below:
Connect with Foster Parent Champions!
If you have an open case or recent placement and need guidance with your case contact Foster Parent Champions.

Foster Parent Champions have been through licensing and have expertise in open cases. Connect Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm.

Contact phone number is:(702) 455-1149
Additional CPR dates added for December
This interactive course will be offered to Foster Change Members for free on December 8 from
2-6 pm and December 10th from
10 am-2 pm. To register please contact Sandy Vargas at 702-970-4546 RSVP is required.

Did you know that 9 out of 10 car seats are installed incorrectly? Should your car seat be rear facing or forward facing.

RSVP for 12/5/2017

The Adoption Exchange Presnets:
The Cost of Caring-Secondary Trauma and Burnout for Parents and Professionals

Parenting children with trauma histories is rewarding, difficult and demanding all at the same time. Foster Care, Kinship and Adoptive Parenting bring new experiences and challenges which may affect the child in care and the entire family system.

This training will address the Cost of Caring and how to effectively manage secondary trauma in order to protect ourselves from burnout. Come practice how to keep other people's chaos from becoming your own chaos!

Date:  Monday, December 11
Time:  9 AM-12 PM PST
Location:  Online
Cost:  Free

Did you already take your required QPI Training for licensing or renewal? Here is what you need to know:

New Online Training Requirement for Licensing: ALL caregivers also have to complete two online trainings BEFORE they can be licensed:

Required Training for Renewal Licensing:  All caregivers need to take 12 hours of training to maintain their license after the first 12 months. There are some classes that are required. Here are the classes. If you haven't taken the two above ALSO include those:

*Part 2 is within part 1. Once they finish watching part 1 you will click on part 2 & watch that one & then they take the quiz that appears at the en
Financial Support for Kin Families
If you are kinship caregiver and not yet licensed as a foster parent, there is a good chance you will qualify for some cash assistance for the care of your relative. If approved, you will receive $417 for the first child plus $59 for each additional child.

If you need help, call Foster Kinship (702) 546-9988.

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